Mercy USA 17 South Africa 0

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Updated: April 19, 2006

MERCY

USA 17 SOUTH AFRICA 0

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

SA LOSING PITCHER CARL MICHAELS

By the 5th inning Friday

at the World Baseball Classic

Team USA was so tired from taking batting practice off South Africa scoring 17 runs the first 4 they didn’t score any runs the “last” inning of the Game. Yes the 5th inning was the “last” based on the World Baseball Classic apply named “mercy rule.” If a team is 12 or more runs ahead after 5 innings the Game is declared Over.

Thank God.

If this Game had gone 9 innings it would have been tough to keep the score anything lower than 30-0 since South Africa had already used all their “best” pitchers. Whatever that means.

South Africa lost all 3 of of ts WBC games as expected although they almost pulled off a Shocker leading Canada in an earlier game going intro the 9th inning until they fell apart against the “mighty” Canadian team which beat USA.

But this stuff is the superficial story.

The real story is why a country devoid of all but the most rudimentary experience was chosen at all, and the even larger story that if Major League Baseball had been fair South Africa might have had the one of the best team in the Classic.

The ultimate Paradox

or Con as you prefer

Bud Selig and the Boys made sure Africa had a team so they would not be accused of not being Inclusive, while on the Merits inviting South Africa was ridiculous. There are 3 sports in South Africa . Soccer, rugby and cricket. Period. Basketball would even score ahead of Baseball.

But look what Bud Selig & the Boys then did

They made sure South Africa could not make the one logical move that would have made them Competitive. While everyone of the other teams accept Evil Cuba of course was encouraged to find any MLB players with even the vaguest and distant connection to those Countries to play for them ….

When it came to South Africa

African American players

Could not play for South Africa because they could not prove their families originally came from the area specifically known as South Africa. Which of course conveniently “ignores” the larger issue no one could prove any of the ancestors of African American players did NOT originate or at the very least live there for a time generations ago before Slavery in what is today South Africa.

Even more “cunningly”

Bud Selig and the Boys did not take the logical and fair position that 1) since South Africa was the ONLY African team, and 2) since they had no quality baseball talent at all, and most of all 3) since African American players were the ONLY group without an alternative to playing for Team USA …

that Baseball would Allow

Any African American MLBer to decide either 1) not to play, or 2) play for USA, or 3) play for South Africa. That would have become the most interesting story of the lead up to the World Baseball Classic and leading to all kinds of fascinating speculation and a very real opportunity for African American players to decide to promote Baseball in Africa by playing for South Africa.

And think about this

BS Artist Bud Selig is constantly even incessantly proclaiming that the lack of African Americans in Baseball is his #1 challenge and he wants to do everything he can to bring more African Americans back to Baseball.

We exposed Selig’s Scam

long ago

It’s all Lip Service

For our more Thoughtful Readers think about it. For someone “so concerned” about elevating the AFRICAN American presence in Baseball the WBC would have struck him as an unparalleled opportunity to excite AFRICAN Americans about Baseball by allowing AFRICAN Americans to play for South AFRICA.

In reality

That option was never ever even discussed, let alone considered or obviously NOT encouraged. And that brings us back to yet another example of how deeply and insidiously Racism is ingrained in the psyche of American sports and its leading decision makers.

We agree completely

Selig did no vote down allowing African American players like Ken Griffey Jr., like Derrek Lee, like Dontrelle Willis, from playing for South Africa. The level of “:discrimination” and “unfairness” is so deep very deep within Selig’s mind and the Others where they do not even have to confront such issues because …

They don’t even exist in his mind

African Americans and

their Best Interests

are Simply

Invisible

in his World View.

IF BONDS WAS REALLY SMART HE WOULD HAVE DEMANDED TO PLAY FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND MADE HIMSELF A HERO THROUGHOUT AFRICA AND AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS